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The Earth Science Projects Division (ESPD) manages the missions which advance our understanding of the Earth.

Leadership and guidance is provided for the development and operation of missions under the Earth Systematic Missions Program (ESMP), with projects at GSFC, LaRC and JPL as well as missions under the Reimbursable Projects Program (RPP), with projects at GSFC and JPL.

The ESPD's specific responsibilities include

  • Agency level programmatic responsibility for both ESMP and RPP
  • Managing Earth observing missions at GSFC, providing a high-level science and customer interface; supporting the New Business process
  • Supporting Center competition initiatives; supporting mission studies
  • Providing leadership and advice to projects and missions
  • Analyzing and recommending adjustments to budgets within overall ESPD guidelines
  • Coordinating reporting to Center management, NASA Headquarters and NOAA
  • Coordinating major internal and external reviews; providing administrative infrastructure support to missions and projects; and coordinating cross-cutting activities and initiatives.
  • Directing all efforts associated with mission formulation, instrument design and development; spacecraft design and development; ground system design and development, satellite integration and test; and mission operations through post launch testing and/or operation, and disposal.

Current Projects

421. Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES)

Description | Official POES web site

423. Earth Science Data and Information Systems (ESDIS)

Description | Official ESDIS web site

424. Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS)

425. Ice Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2)

Description | ICESat-2 web site

426. Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR)


427.0 - Pre-Aerosol, Clouds, and ocean Ecosystem (PACE)

Description | PACE web site

428. Earth Science Mission Operations (ESMO)

Description | More on ESMO

429. - Landsat 9

Description | Landsat web site
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